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San Jose

The San Jose Fashion Scene

California has the second largest population of fashion designers in the country. While most of them live in and around Los Angeles, northern California has an impressive population of designers living mainly in and around San Francisco. San Francisco is only 48 miles from San Jose, so aspiring designers interested in a more affordable place to live typically commute from San Jose or other surrounding areas to attend school and enjoy the San Francisco’s unique fashion scene. This is not to say that San Jose doesn’t dabble in fashion, but the city seems to serve as a base for many fashion professionals.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Fashion Scene

San Francisco has an independent spirit. It’s not always about what looks good here. Lately fashion has been about what feels good. The city’s fresh design talent and organizations such as the Fashion Council of San Francisco have teamed up to promote sustainability and environmental consciousness in the fashion industry. This opens up yet another door for aspiring fashion designers and fashion merchandisers. So, if your designs or services have a message, you’ll mesh well with San Francisco’s unique fashion industry.


The Jacksonville Fashion Scene

Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming a major contender in the fashion industry. Jacksonville Fashion Week (JFW) is a huge part of the plan to establish Jacksonville as a major presence in the fashion world. It features creations by emerging local and established designers, as well as model competitions. Apparel, accessories, and footwear designers present to an audience of retail buyers, boutique owners, and consumers from all over. This event is an excellent place for aspiring designers to show the world that they have to offer.


The Indianapolis Fashion Scene

Indianapolis’s fashion scene is growing and it shows no signs of slowing down. Over the last several years, designers, stylists, photographers, dealers, and make-up artists have come out of the woodwork, opening shops and promoting services all over the city. Vintage and local shops have popped up in areas such as Fountain Square, and fashion groups have formed all over. The Indianapolis Fashion Collective and the Fashion Arts Society are two local organizations that help promote Indianapolis’s fashion. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) also sponsors one of the country’s most unique fashion events—Project IMA: Fashion Unbound. The event does not use professional models. Instead it features women of all shapes and sizes. 

Columbus Ohio

The Columbus Fashion Scene

Columbus is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and in 2006, it was ranked as the 8th best big city in the country by CNN. This art and culture mecca is home to five of the biggest retail brands in the U.S. including Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, and Big Lots. Columbus is also packed with museums such as the Columbus Museum of Art, elaborate entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena, and hundreds of shopping venues from the upscale shops of Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center, to the thrift stores of West 5th Avenues’ Resale Row.

San Antonio

The San Antonio Fashion Scene

In the state of Texas, three cities rule the fashion scene—Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. San Antonio residents are all too happy to sport the looks that come their way from New York and LA, but with an added twist. Chunky jewelry is popular here, as well as designer bags, shoes, and clothes. Sure, you’ll come across an occasional cowboy hat and boots ensemble here, but this is not the norm for San Antonio’s fashionable set. 


The Phoenix Fashion Scene

Phoenix is just as much a part of the fashion scene as it’s close neighbors, California and Nevada, but it’s more approachable. For starters, the city hosts the biggest fashion event in the state—Phoenix Fashion Week. During the 3-day event, fashion industry professionals and spectators alike attend 35 designer runway shows, trunk sales, statewide retail events, fashion workshops & parties. Fashion Week is solid proof that the Phoenix fashion scene is growing at a rapid pace and all are welcome to become a part of it. Since 2008, attendance has increased by a whopping 300 percent. This means, opportunities for fashion designers and fashion merchandisers have grown as well.


The Detroit Fashion Scene

Michigan is home to quaint towns, beautiful beaches, and one of the largest cities in America, Detroit. Detroit is the state’s most fashionable, and most progressive city. Art, design, and culture are alive and well here, despite what the media says! Detroit is home to Detroit Fashion Week—Michigan’s only fashion industry event, as well as the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), and the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT).

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The Dallas Fashion Scene

Dallas is one of the top 22 fashion capitals of Four Seasons Magazine and it currently holds the number 31 spot on the Global Language Monitor's list of fashion capitals of the world. Based in the U.S., Global Language Monitor tracks the frequency of words and phrases on the Internet, in the media, and the blogosphere.